Sep 18 2014

The Best Birthday DIY Gift Ideas We Found on Pinterest

Finding a creative Birthday gift can be hard! We understand how much pressure there can be to give a friend or loved one the perfect gift on their special day. But fret no more! The Gift Insider scoured Pinterest to find some of the best Birthday DIY’s out there! We promise your gift will be one of the most memorable.

Birthday Cake in a Jar 

Birthday Cake in a Jar

YUM! Perfect for the birthday girl with the ultimate sweet tooth! Plus, the mason jar is SO cute! //


Balloon Box Surprise

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Give a friend a box full of happy on their special day. Can you imagine opening a box like this at work?! //


Birthday Photo Collage Decor

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Create a collage of photos of the guest of honor in the shape of the year they’re are turning. Such a perfect party decoration! //


A Beer a Year


What’s better than 1 beer? 30 of course! Attach little love notes to each beer to show your guy how much you really care. Cue the warm and fuzzies! //


Balloon Avalanche 
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Begin a birthday the right way, shower the birthday boy/girl in balloons! //


A Gift A Year Celebration 


Give a small gift commemorating each year of someone’s life! Perfect for one of those bigger birthdays.. //




Who says we’re too old for pinatas? Follow this tutorial on how to make them yourself and choose your own favors! //


What is the most unique birthday gift you’ve ever received? Tell us it in the comments!!


Sep 16 2014

DIY Ideas: Add Some DIY Flaire To Your Travel Gear

I really couldn’t live without my Reisenthal Travel Tote, it folds up in a suitcase as a the perfect backup for shopping excursions or in our case gift shlepping trips. We wanted to try to glitz things up a bit and inspired by the applique sweatshirts of a recent #instafav, Bow and Drape, we decided to DIY our travel tote with some sequin letter appliques.

All you need are some Glitter Sequin Appliques & some Fabric Adhesic.

DIY Glitter Applique Gift

The Gift Insider Glittler Appliques


DIY Gift Idea



Sep 5 2014

Time to Organize: Glam Office Accessories for Ultra Chic Desks

Make sure to follow us on Instagram for similar shots, but we couldn’t help but share on the blog our glam new office supplies!  The kids are going back to school, why not chic up your own office space too?

Glam Office Styling

Binder by RussleandHazel, Polka Dot File Folders by Kate Spade, Acrylic and Gold Desk Accessories by Kate Spade from See Jane Work, Custom Pencils by Rabbit Foot Fern Design, Gold Notebook by Poppin and To Do Notepad by Studio Sarah London


Sep 4 2014

Fiesta Island Giveaway – and the Winner is….

Nicole D from Belleville, Michigan

A huge thank you to all of you who entered our Fiesta Island Giveaway!


We wish we had one for all of you. Stay tuned for our Fall Giveaway!

The Gift Insider Giveaway Fiesta Island


Aug 13 2014

DIY Gift Idea // Chalkboard Lunchbox

Have a little one going back to school? Make sure your kids know just how special they are every single day of the year by making them an easy DIY Chalkboard Lunchbox.

Back to School Lunchbox

Step 1:  Purchase a cute tin lunchbox (we love these Fender finds from amazon)

Step 2: Get Chalkboard Paint and Sponge Brushes

Chalkboard DIY Gift

Step 3: Cover the edges of the tin box with painters tape and begin to paint the top section with the chalkboard tape. 2 coasts works best. Let dry in between coats and then overnight.

Step 4: Write a sweet note each morning to your little one, change it depending on the day!

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Step 5: Start adding in some healthy elements.  Suprise them with a hidden  banana note.  Use a tack to write the note in the skin and by the time it’s lunchtime it will “magically” appear

Back to School Banana

Banana Lunchbox Note

Step 6: Add in some more healthy elements like the widely popular coconut water craze, Vita Coco, now has a line especially for kids and their back to school lunchboxes!

Lunchbox DIY Chalkboard

Check out our other DIY Gifting Ideas here!


Aug 13 2014

DIY Gift Ideas // Bubbly + Heart Shaped Sparklers

Create a DIY Rosé + Heart Shaped Sparkler gift for your next engagement party or romantic gifting occasion. It’s sweet and affordable, plus the heart shaped sparklers will leave the happy couple with the most memorable photo opps.  


– Heart Sparklers – available at Beacoup

– Bottle of Rosé – Try this Brut Rosé from Gruet Winery

– Velour Ribbon – Not easy to find in stores, we ordered on Amazon Prime (obvi)


DIY Heart Shaped Sparkler Champagne


Aug 13 2014

Gift Guide // Back To School Gift Picks



Make sure to check out The Gift Insider chattin’ about these Back to School Gift Picks on NY1 New York News at the bottom of the gift guide!



Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag – $68


sign your name phone case

Custom Mugs, iPhone Cases & More With Retro Name Signs – starting at $60 // GET 15% Off Code



Kate Spade Gold Acrylic Stapler – $28 from


DIY chalkboard lunchbox

DIY Chalkboard Healthy Lunchbox – Check out how to make this here.


tattly temporary tatoos

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Tattly Temporary Tattoos in Gold Floral & Paint Strokes Planning Sheets – $5 for a set of 2, $12 for notepad


Aug 13 2014

Gift Guide // Gifts Ideas For Summer Celebrations (Seen on NY1 New York)


1. Couch Guest Book   // $15  2. DIY Gruet Rose Bubbly + Heart Sparkler  // $17 for bottle  3. Mermaid Tails  // 10% off with code 4. Custom Photo Beach Towels  // Starting at $39 (originally $69)  5. Custom Leather Luggage Tags  // $81 for a pair

Check out our Gift Guide Live on NY1 New York News from 8/16/2014


Jul 30 2014

8 DIY Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids and Groomsmen We Heart From Pinterest

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Here at TGI we’re all about helping you give the most unique gifts for every occasion! In honor of wedding season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite DIY gifts for both bridesmaids and groomsmen. The best gifts are those that have a personal touch! Check out these DIY projects and WOW your friends! (Browse our board for more inspiration)

1. Teacup Candles

// From Hey Gorg

Revive old teacups by making them into candles! // From Hey Gorg 

2. Bridal Clutches

Give a clutch with a twist. What a fun memento for a special day!

Give a clutch with a twist. What a fun memento for a special day! // Found on GreenWeddingShoes

 3. Custom Wine Bottle Labels

Something every bridesmaid will love! // From TenTwelveDesigns

Something every bridesmaid will love! // From TenTwelveDesigns

4. Bridal Boxes

Custom bridal boxes made by yours truly, check out our how-to!

Custom bridal boxes made by yours truly, check out our How To!

5. Groomsmen Drink and Cigar Packages

// From Happy Family Design Studios

Give the groomsmen what they really want! How could they say no? // From Happy Family Design Studios

6. Suspenders

// From Martha Stewart

There is something so charming about these.. your groomsmen are sure to agree! // From Martha Stewart

7. Bottle Covers

// From WaveSong on Etsy

A trendy shirt cover for your bottles? We can dig it!! // From WaveSong on Etsy

8. Groomsmen Gift Boxes

// From Style Me Pretty

A box with all the necessary fixings! A totally easy thing to put together! // From Style Me Pretty


Be sure to browse our Bridal Party Gift section for ideas you can purchase or our other DIY Pinterest posts on Bachelorette Parties or Gift Wrapping Ideas.



Jul 15 2014

Gift Guide // Summer Party Gift Ideas to Get You Invited Back

We’ve rounded up our favorite Gifts to Bring Your Host or Hostess for a Summer Party.  We’re highlighting them on Fox2 Detroit on July 16th and Fox 32 Chicago on July 18th. (view video clips below)


*Enter here to the win the Fiesta Private Island above ($599.00 Value!)

DIY BBQ Basket With a Healthy Twist 
Summer parties are a dangerous time to stick to your good eating habits, put together a basket of goodies for your next BBQ with some healthy alternatives.  Fill with BBQ popchips, (gluten-free and half the fat as regular BBQ Chips) add some fun napkins, a mit, special spices and favorite condiments and put in a reusable container.
Read the full DIY Post Here

DIY Summer BBQ Gift Basket

Hardsoap Dispensers
Fun, functional, eco-friendly and a perfect gift for your male host, these recycled booze bottles made into soap dispensers are a fun gift to bring your Jack or Captain loving bud.
Buy Here, Use Code “HARDSOAP” for 20% off 


Hardsoap Soap Dispensers

Gift of the Month Clubs from ClubsGalore
Even after the party or the weekend stay is over, let your hosts enjoy a little gift every month on you.  Send them a Home Spa Gift monthly, a Cocktail Party of the Month Club, Bacon of the Month or one of ClubGalore’s 36 club options. Use Code: INSIDER for 10% off any order + free shipping

Clubs Galore

Electric Bug Zapper from 13Deals
This Electric Bug Zapper is the fastest, cheapest and actually fun way to get rid of bugs while out in the summer. Low output power constitutes no real hazard, just hold up the racket & say goodbye to bugs.
Buy Here, HUGE FLASH DEAL – Pack of 2, was $29.98, now $4.99




“House Wine” in a Box
The very popular “House Wine” bottles now come in a cool, hip and cheeky House Wine Box.  It’s the perfect affordable hostess gift with a little more personality than your usual bottle of wine.$24.99  Buy Here



Wine Sak Purse 
This vacuum wine bag looks great on your arm, has a spout and keeps your wine from going sour for up to 6 days. It’s great for the party animal who knows how to bring wine with class!
$69.95, Wine Sak


Parachute Hammock from 13Deals  

Lightweight comfortable parachute silk hammock is perfect for camping or backpacking. Comes w/ travel bag all weighing just a pound & comes w.2 hanging hooks & rope. Huge deal! Retails for $69.99, now $19.49



The Fiesta Private Island from Skymall (WIN IT!)

The Fiesta Private Island is an 8 person raft that will make any pool party, lake day or boating adventure into one for the memory books. We’re giving one away on ($599.00 Value)FiestaPrivateIsland_2 

View The Gift Insider chatting about all of these gifts on Fox 2 Detroit news below! 




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